Well, we have decided to do things differently this year (and from now on
), my dd is now at an age where what we do really influences her (3.5 years), so we are giving our own children 3 gifts each (think wise men) and they will be less than $100 (dh is going to make one of the gifts for each of them). OKAY- there will be books too, that I am not counting in there
All of the adults on our list-(13 of them) are getting homemade gifts. Everyone in my family has plently of money to buy what they need anyway, and dh's family is not exactly hurting either (if anyone were- I would be more "generous" with the money to adults). Luckily for me dh is an artist/graphic designer, so- he is making pub signs for his brothers, I am making celtic crosses (rotozipped out of wood and painted with celtic designs) and ornaments (also painted with celtic designs) for the sisters and SILs. I am also making (with dh's help) clocks (with celtic knots-see a theme here) on them for my mom and dh's grandfather. At Thanksgiving we are going to take a bunch of pics of my brother's kids and my BIL's kids, and our kids, and from them make a celtic (there it is again) themed custom mat for the pics like in collage style for my bro. and SIL, and BIL and SIL, and the grandparents (was that confusing?) There will be more crafting too, no doubt.
Mel Mel-I like the fudge idea, wanna pass on your recipe for me?
The reason we are trying to save our money on all the adults is b/c we are "adopting" a needy family, we will be buying a couple of outfits, a couple of toys and a couple of books for each child, and a present for each adult, probably winter coats for all too, and a bunch of food. DD is going to do all the shopping for this family with me and make the wrapping paper too.
I am really happy to have her excited about this, and learning how fortunate we are.
The kids on my list (beside my own) -5 of them- are each getting an outfit, I already did the shopping in the bargain section of old navy online, and got complete outfits for 7 kids (mine included here) for $100 shipped. I also re-joined Children's book of the month club, and got 7 books for under $40. I bought the neices and nephews craft kits as well (I never know what toys they have).
So, that is my budget, it is meant to be $30 per kid (not mine) and no more than $5 on the materials for the adult gifts (which is pretty easy). It'll be under $400 all together.